BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD DAVIS TOWNSEND - AUTOGRAPH 05/10/1865 - HFSID 254379
Sale Price $225.00
GENERAL EDWARD DAVIS TOWNSEND
Slip of paper signed and dated by Union Civil War General Edward Davis Townsend in 1865, a month after General Robert E. Lee's surrender
Signature: "E D Townsend/asst. adjt. Genl./May 10, 1865.". 4¾x3¼, with rounded top right corner. Townsend (1817-1893) joined the Adjutant General's office in Washington, D. C. in 1861, serving under Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. During the American Civil War, Townsend, who initiated the gathering of papers for the Official Records of the war, was the principal executive officer of the War Department, working closely with President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Townsend was brevetted Brigadier General on Sept. 24, 1864 and Major General in March 1865 (for "faithful, meritorious, and distinguished services in the adjutant-general's department during the rebellion."). After being promoted to Adjutant General of the Army in February of 1869, Townsend organized plans for a U.S. military prison, urging legislation on the subject and establishing the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Lightly toned and soiled. Light discoloration along top and right edges. Neatly torn from binding at left edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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